2018-2019 Varsity Boys Tennis

2018 Boys Tennis
Coaches:  Shawn Flanary (Head Coach); Stacey Pollard (Asst.)
Seniors Juniors Sophomores Freshmen
Jacob Chapel
Daniel Socias Florit
Lucas Hubbard
Min-Chung Liu
Payton McClain
Connor Duncan
Nathanael Elkin
Harrison Reed
Jon Callane
Taylor Duncan
Jackson Richards
Rajon Sellers
Drew Swain
Lucas Cummings
Austen Ferraro
Drake Hester
Griffin Hulet
Ty Lauderbaugh
Caleb Wallace

Opponent Time Score
Aug. 13 Plymouth (H) 5:00 pm (L) 4-1
Winning was Jon Callane at #1 singles. Jon played an impressive match against an incredible senior athlete in a 6-3, 6-4 victory.

Other noteworthy matches came at # 1 doubles and #3 singles. Payton McClain and Jackson Richards came up just shy in a 7-6,7-5 loss. They played great tennis at times and are well ahead of where they were a year ago. As the consistency comes, so will the results!

Taylor Duncan also got his first match in varsity play in a very long 6-3, 7-5 loss. I was proud of how Taylor battled. Nathanael Elkin also showed promise in a very competitive second set loss at #2 singles as did the #2 doubles team of Ty Lauderbaugh and Lucas Hubbard.
​Coach Flanary
Aug. 15 Alexandria (H) 5:00 pm Weather postponement
Aug. 16 Mississinewa (T) 5:00 pm (L) 3-2
Winning on the day for the Kats was Daniel Socias at #2 singles by the score of 6-0, 6-4 and the #1 doubles team of Payton McClain and Jackson Richards by the score of 6-3, 6- 4. I was very proud of how these guys played high level tennis and withstood runs from feisty opponents.

The #2 doubles team of Ty Lauderbaugh and Taylor Duncan came up just shy in a long three-set battle. I was proud of how these guys came back despite losing the first set fairly convincingly. These guys made adjustments, battled, and went the distance.

Sophomore Jon Callane also went the distance against a seasoned opponent at #1 singles. This match featured a first set that lasted almost two hours. His opponent would claim it by the score of 11-9 and then took the second set by one break of serve. Jon played high level tennis in this match, but just came up a little shy.

Nathanael Elkin played an excellent second set in a quality match at #3 singles. Nathanael raised his energy and intensity level in the second set and almost pushed his match to a third.
​Coach Flanary
Aug. 20 McCutcheon (H) 4:30 pm Weather postponement
Aug. 23 Harrison (T) 5:00 pm (L) 3-2
Winning on the night in straight sets was Daniel Socias at #2 singles. Daniel was first off and made quick work of his opponent by the score of 6-1,6-2.

Harrison would strike next at #1 doubles. Payton McClain and Jackson Richards battled, but came up shy in their effort.

With the team score tied at 1-1, the fate of the match would come down to three matches that went three sets and three plus hours. Harrison would strike first going up 2-1 when winning #2 doubles by the score of 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. Nathaniel Elkin and Taylor Duncan fought hard to take it the distance, but the Harrison team proved to be a little more aggressive when it mattered.

In his first match of the season, Jacob Chapel came to play at #3 singles. Jacob came out strong
winning the first set by the score of 6-3. In the second set, Jake relaxed a little too much and played passive opening the door for his opponent. Jake dropped the second by the score of 6-2. In the third Jake started with the same tentative play from the second and found himself down by the score of 3-0. He didn’t let this fluster him and found his original rhythm, footwork and racquet acceleration to take the third set in a tie-break by the score of 7-6(1).

The deciding point came down to sophomore Jon Callane at #1 singles against a seasoned senior
for Harrison. I couldn’t be prouder of how Jon has been battling against the older and more
experienced #1’s on our schedule. Jon struck first taking the first set by the score of 7-5. Harrison
would strike back to take the second set by the score of 6-3. 3.5 hours later the Harrison senior closed of his second match point to take the third set by the score of 7-5. This was an incredible match from start to finish for both players!
​Coach Flanary
Aug. 27 Frankfort (T) 5:00 pm (W) 4-1
In singles Daniel Socias won at #1 by the score of 6-3, 6-1, Jonathan Callane won by the score of 6-0, 6-2 as did Jacob Chapel at #3 singles.

In doubles Luke Hubbard and Ty Lauderbaugh were dominant at #2 doubles winning by the score of 6-0, 6-1.

The #1 doubles team of Payton McClain and Jackson Richards would have their hands full as Frankfort put their senior #1 and #2 singles players together at #1 doubles. These guys are a very solid team, and Payton and Jackson struggled to find their rhythm. Even though Payton and Jackson aren’t playing their best right now, I am proud of how they are representing the team. I know their attitude and work ethic will propel them to better play in the future!
​Coach Flanary
Aug. 28 Northwestern (H) 5:00 pm (W) 5-0
The singles players of Jon Callane, Daniel Socias and Nathanael Elkin all won with a bagel and a French fry (6-0, 6-1). All three guys played steady and consistent from start to finish. I couldn’t be prouder of how these guys are performing.

We shook the doubles up a little bit last night just to keep things fresh. Both doubles teams would also win in straight sets. The number one doubles team of Payton McClain and Lucas Hubbard and the number two doubles team of Jackson Richards and Ty Lauderbaugh played solid tennis from start to finish and it’s evident they are growing and learning in the process. Great job guys!
​Coach Flanary
Aug. 29 McCutcheon (H) 4:30 pm (L) 3-2
First to strike was the #2 doubles team of Jackson Richards and Ty Lauderbaugh. These guys played strong tennis and were off the court quick with their 6-1, 6-3 effort.

Next, Jon Callane would strike at #2 singles. Jon adjusted his strategy and played smart, well-varied, and steady tennis to get the 6-4, 6-4 win.

Even though the Kats found themselves up 2-0 and up a set at #1 doubles, McCutcheon proved they were not done. McCutcheon would strike next taking #3 singles and #1 singles. I was super proud of how Daniel Socias battled McCutcheon’s All-State #1 player to an incredible match that lasted into the third set of #1 doubles match. Jacob Chapel showed a lot of character in his match, but struggled to find his rhythm in a close two-set loss at #3 singles.

The fate of the night would come down to #1 doubles. Payton McClain and Lucas Hubbard won the first set 7-5 and had moments of high level play, but struggled with consistency and errors as the match went on. McCutcheon would bounce back taking the second and third sets to close out their come-from-behind road victory.
​Coach Flanary
Sept. 4 Maconaquah (H) 4:30 pm (W) 3-2
At 2 singles and both doubles spots the Kats were dominant. Daniel Socias won by the score of 6- 0, 6-0 as did the #1 doubles team of Payton McClain and Jackson Richards. The #2 doubles team of Nathanael Elkin and Taylor Duncan were also impressive in their 6-1, 6-1 victory.

Even though the Kats struck quickly to go up 3-0, they still had work to be done. Jon Callane had a dog fight of a second set with Maconaquah’s #1 Cole Borden. Cole is one of the top returning players from our district and state. Jon played great tennis, and was so close to forcing a third set.

Jacob Chapel also had his hands full against a scrappy, athletic, and consistent opponent at #3 singles. Jacob struck first, but lost consistency and focus as the match went on. Jacob ended up losing the match by a break of serve in the third and final set.
​Coach Flanary
Sept. 6 Logansport (T) 5:00 pm (W) 5-0
First off the court was Jon Callane at #2 singles. Jon had a very long and tight match with this kid a year ago, so it’s exciting to see the progress Jon has made since. Jon played superb tennis from start to finish in double bagel (6-0, 6-0) victory. The concentration and play level necessary to do this against a quality opponent like this is impressive! Way to go Jon!

Next to strike was the #1 doubles team of Payton McClain and Jackson Richards. These guys played great tennis in the first set to take it by the score of 6-3. Their constant net presences and ability to move forward and pressure their opponents was the difference. Their minds and play drifted a little at the start of the second set when losing a break of serve to go down 3-0. They settled down, re-focused, and increased their serve and return percentage to take back the second by the score of 6-4. Great win guys!

Up 2-0 the Kats needed one more point to seal the victory. At this point the Kats found themselves entering their third sets at #3 singles and #2 doubles, and Daniel Socias was in the process of closing his opponent out in straight sets. Long games and breaks made for a lengthy match, but Daniel was able to close it out by the score of 6-2, 6-2.

The two remaining matches made me very proud. Any time someone drops a first set and then has the ability to battle back and win a match, it shows mental fortitude and persistence. That’s just what Nathanael Elkin was able to do at #3 singles as well as Luke Hubbard and Ty Lauderbaugh at #2 doubles. These guys lost decisive first sets, but were able to battle back to win in three sets. Nathanael won by the score of 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 and Luke and Ty won by the score of 1-6, 6-3, 6-2. Great job guys and way to fight!
​Coach Flanary
Sept. 8 KHS Invite (H) 9:00 am With the steady rain on Saturday the KHS Inv ite found its way indoors at the Howard County Indoor Tennis Center. Instead of a triple dual the tournament became a double dual (two rounds). Participants included 20th -ranked West Lafayette, #14 Delta, and Sagamore Conference champs Lebanon.

In the opening round Kokomo would face the eventual tournament champion West Lafayette. West Side has an extremely talented squad and would take the Kats out by the score of 5-0. Even though it was 5-0, the boys played very well and battled from beginning to end.

The boys would play for third place when facing Lebanon in their final match. Lebanon has had a solid year and is the Sagamore Conference champs. Kokomo would sneak this match out by the score of 3-2. This is a big win as Kokomo has dropped a handful of 3-2 matches this year that have come down to three-set matches. This match would also have one going the distance to determine the winner. 
​Coach Flanary
Sept. 11 Lafayette Jeff (H) 5:30 pm (L) 3-2
Winners on the night included Jon Callane at #2 singles by the score of 6-1, 6-2 and the #1 doubles team of Payton McClain and Jackson Richards by the score of 6-3, 7-5. Jeff would win #3 singles and #2 doubles.

The match came down to a long two-set loss at #1 singles by Daniel Socias. I feel for Daniel as it was a frustrating night against a very unorthodox opponent. Despite not playing his best, I am proud of how Daniel conducted himself in his loss. The same can be said for Nathanael Elkin and the #2 doubles team of Ty Lauderbaugh and Jacob Chapel.
​Coach Flanary
Sept. 12 Lapel (T) 5:00 pm (L) 3-2
The Kats traveled to face Lapel, the fifth-ranked team in District 4 last night. They fought, and it was another tight match, but we came up just shy in another 3-2 loss.

Winners on the night included Jon Callane and Daniel Socias at #1 doubles and the #2 singles player Jackson Richards.

Lapel has an outstanding #1 player that is one of the top players in the state and they then load their doubles to get their next two points. We hoped to get both doubles by strengthening them with Callane and Socias and then and then planned
on getting #2 or #3 singles. After winning #2 singles and #1 doubles we had tight and competitive matches at #3 singles and #2 doubles, but couldn’t sneak either one out.
​Coach Flanary
Sept. 15 NCC Tournament @ TBA 10:00 am Kokomo finished in sixth place in the NCC tourney.
In round one, the boys beat Logan by the score of 3-2. This match would prove to be similar to when we played them last week. We won three matches decisively, and the other two went three sets. This time they were able to sneak out the two three-set matches as they beefed their doubles up by putting their number one player into doubles. I was really proud of how Payton McClain/Luke Hubbard and Ty Lauderbaugh/Nathanael Elkin played in their doubles matches even though they came up short in third-set super tiebreakers.

Our singles were dominant against Logan only dropping eight total games in three matches.
Daniel Socias won by the score of 6-1, 6-0, Jon Callane won by the score of 6-0, 6-2 and Jackson Richards by the score of 6-3, 6-2. The victory over Logan set up a re-match with Lafayette Jeff in the final for the 5th /6th NCC playoff. The Kats would come up shy again in a 3-2 match, but this effort was much improved from last time. Jeff proves to be a very formidable team boasting a successful
season. They can also bring challenge with some feisty attitudes.
​Coach Flanary
Sept. 17 Madison-Grant (T) 4:30 pm (W) 4-1
Sept. 19 Westfield (T) 5:00 pm (L) 5-0
The boys tennis team traveled last night to face a very strong Westfield team that is currently ranked #23 overall in the state. Even though we came up on the wrong side of a 5-0 score line, I was very pleased and proud of how we played.

To top off the night, Jon Callane played some of this
best tennis on the season. Jon played lights out in a
6-1 first set victory. His opponent settled down and
changed the strategy and came back and won in three sets, but this was still a great match for Jon.

In our other matches we played strong tennis also.
Daniel Socias lost in two sets, but had an outstanding second set and really had his opponent rattled. At #3 singles Jacob Chapel dropped each set by just a break of serve as did the #1 doubles team of Payton McClain/Jackson Richards and Nathanael Elkin/Ty Lauderbaugh. In these three matches both sets were extremely tight and competitive and down to the wire.
​Coach Flanary
Sept. 22 Wildkat Open (H) 9:00 am The boys tennis team hosted some tough competition at the Wildkat Invite on Saturday. The #30th ranked Marion Giants would end up taking the tourney by going 2-0 on the day. Peru would lose in the final to Marion by the score of 3-2 to finish second.

In round one Kokomo battled Marion at every spot in a 3-2 loss. The highlight of the match came at #1 singles where Daniel Socias won in a long three-set match (4-6, 7-6, 6-1). Jon Callane also battled his opponent in a first set that lasted as long as several teammates two
sets. Jon’s opponent is undefeated on the season and it was a great match for Jon even though he came up short. The other victor for the match was Jacob Chapel at #3 singles. Jacob won by the score of 7-6, 6-0. Both doubles teams came up shy in their efforts, but I was very proud of how our #1 doubles team battled in their match losing by a break of serve each set 7-5, 6-3.

In Round 2 the boys would face North Montgomery to play for third and fourth. Kokomo would win this match by the score of 3-2. North Mont would load its doubles making them very tough at those positions; however, the Wildkat singles players came through in convincing fashion only dropping a total of six games. Singles
winners included Socias, Callane, and Chapel.
​Coach Flanary
Sept. 24 Alexandria (H) 5:00 pm The boys tennis team wrapped up their regular season with a 3-2 win over visiting Alexandria last night. Alexandria boasts a talented singles squad, so we knew it was going to be a dogfight.

Striking first for the Kats was the # 1 doubles team of Payton McClain and Jackson Richards. They were dominant from start to finish in a 6-2, 6-0 win.

Taking the team up 2-0 was the Kats # 2 doubles team. This is the first both doubles have led the way in victories and also the first time both doubles have won in any of our 3-2 matches. Ty Lauderbaugh and Nathanael Elkin were dominant in their 6-3, 6-1 effort. Great job dubs!

Alexandria would strike next at # 1 and # 3 singles. Daniel Socias and Taylor Duncan played solid tennis, but came up short against talented opponents.

The fate of the match would come down to Jon Callane at #2 singles. Jon played an extremely long and athletic opponent that as a junior joined the 1,000-point club in basketball for Alexandria. Jon kept the pressure on his opponent and was able to win the match by the score of 7-5, 6-2. Way to go Jon!
Coach Flanary
Sept. 26-29 IHSAA Sectional @ Kokomo
Tipton 2 - Taylor 2 (Tipton in a tie breaker)
Kokomo 4 - Western 1
First to strike in convincing fashion was Jacob Chapel at #3 singles. We knew this could be a tough match as Western has had a lot of success at #3 singles this season. Jacob put any doubt for the #3 singles point to rest in dominating from start to finish. Jacob won by
the score of 6-1, 6-1 and he was the first off the court!

Daniel Socias would strike next at #1 singles. Daniel was lights out on the day and won by the score of 6-0, 6-0. Way to go Daniel!

Jon Callane got the needed third point with a convincing win. Jon played outstanding tennis dropping only one game in the match in a 6-0, 6-1 win. Awesome job Jon!

Western would strike next claiming its only point at #2 doubles next. This was a strong point for them as they moved their #1 singles player into this spot for sectional play. Nathanael Elkin and Ty Lauderbaugh battled, but couldn’t match the aggressiveness of
their opponents. Great effort though guys!

To wrap up the match Payton McClain and Jackson Richards played great in their 6-4, 6-2 win. This was a nice win as Western’s most consistent point on their team this season was #1 doubles. Jackson and Payton played aggressive, but smart, and didn’t let their fiery
opponents get to them. Excellent job guys!
​Coach Flanary

Eastern 3 - Tipton 0 (two forfeits)
Kokomo 5 - Northwestern 0
The Kokomo boys tennis team finished rou nd two of sectional play in dominating fashion. The final score was 5-0, and only 13 total games were lost to a very young Northwestern squad.

Singles were lights out last night only dropping two games. Daniel Socias won 6-0, 6-1, Jon Callane won 6-0, 6-0, and Taylor Duncan won by the score of 6-1, 6-0.

Our doubles teams also played very strong from start to finish. Winning in straight sets was the #1 doubles team of Payton McClain/Jackson Richards and the #2 squad of Nathanael Elkin/Lucas Hubbard.
​Coach Flanary

Kokomo 5 - Eastern 0
Jon Callane also played lights out in his 6-1, 6-2 win. Jon has had an outstanding season and has provided excellent leadership as one of our team captains. Jon has also had an outstanding sectional only losing a combined four games in the three rounds of sectional!

Daniel Socias would grab the needed third point to seal the deal. Daniel also played outstanding tennis throughout the sectional and won his match by the score of 6-3, 6-2. Daniel lost a combined six games in sectional play and has been a vital piece of this team’s success.

Though up 3-0, the Kats still had unfinished business. The #2 doubles team of Ty Lauderbaugh and Lucas Hubbard found themselves down at one point in the first set, but rallied to take the match by the score of 6-4, 6-1. I was proud of how Lucas and Ty made some strategical adjustments and elevated their play level as the match progressed!

Last but not least was the #1 doubles team of Payton McClain and Jackson Richards. Payton and Jackson played a solid set to take the first by the score of 6-3. The boys relaxed and got a little sloppy and frustrated with their play to go down 1-4 on the second set. That’s when Coach Pollard and Coach Flanary hit the magic reset button to adjust attitudes and energy level. The boys regained their focus and precision to win five games in a row taking the match by the score of 6-4, 6-4. Both Payton and Jackson have had an excellent sectional and have straight set victories over Western and Eastern doubles teams that were the anchor of their team’s success this fall.
​Coach Flanary
Oct. 2 IHSAA Regional @ Kokomo 4:00 pm Carmel 5 - Kokomo 0
The boy’s tennis team concluded an excellent season falling to #1 in the state Carmel last night in the first round of the regional. I couldn’t be happier for this team in terms of character and the progress they have made this season.

This Carmel team is undefeated on the season and has not been tested much at all. I felt like our boys battled and even rattled them at times, but was just outmatched. Tennis is the one sport that is a little crazy in that you don’t get credit for the points you win unless you win the game. We had many deuce games and outstanding rallies, but were just not experienced or consistent enough to win the big game deciding points when it mattered.

The highlight of the night came at #2 singles. Jon Callane had a dog fight lasting nearly two hours. The final score was 6-1, 6-3; however, the second set was dropped by only a break of serve and featured high level play throughout!

The Kats concluded the season with a 12-11 record, but of our losses this season all but four were at the hands of tightly contested matches with the majority being 3-2’s. This is an indication of a group that fights and makes the most of their abilities!

Thanks to the players and parents for supporting us and making this season a success.
Coach Flanary
West Lafayette 5 - Logansport 0
Carmel 5 - West Lafayette 0
Seaspn Review:

The boys tennis team wrapped up their season with a tough 5-0 loss to undefeated and state champ Carmel in regional play, but I couldn’t be prouder of how we played in getting there.

In sectional play, the Kats won 14 of 15 matches in straight sets to dominate the sectional field. All nine varsity players gained wins in the sectional, including Daniel Socias, Jon Callane, Payton McClain, Jackson Richards, Jacob Chapel, Nathanael Elkin, Lucas Hubbard, Ty Lauderbaugh, and Taylor Duncan.

Despite only having a 12-11 record, I feel like our boys battled every opponent we played on a very solid schedule. In many of these matches we came up just shy, but the focus, effort, and fight was always there. Twelve of our matches were decided by the score of 3-2. We were only able to come away with five of those 3-2 wins, but of the seven 3-2 losses, there were seven matches that went three sets and could have swung many team wins our direction. Three of those 3-2, three-set deciding matches were conference matches against McCutcheon, Harrison and Lafayette Jeff (West Division opponents).

In addition to our sectional championship, there were several highlights on this season. Making the All-District and Honorable Mention All-State Team was Socias and Callane in singles and the doubles team of McClain and Richards. Our All NCC Team Awards went to Socias (First Team) and Callane (Second Team). Our KHS team awards were Callane as MVP, Socias as the Mental Attitude winner, and the doubles team of McClain and Richards as most improved.

I couldn’t be prouder of this group of guys. The attitudes and progress made throughout the season was superb, and Coach Pollard and I had a blast coaching these guys! We will miss our five seniors greatly and wish Socias, McClain, Chapel, Hubbard and Jason Liu the best in their future endeavors.

Thanks to the players, managers, parents, and fans for a great season!

Go Kats!

Coach Flanary

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